We had the good fortune of connecting with The BlackWolf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As an outsider, a lone wolf, I have seen so much confusion being injected into the society about who we are as individuals, whether or not individuality is important, relevant, or even if it matters at all in comparison to any arbitrarily constructed group, if we have a purpose, and whether or not Truth is truly objective. As a self-taught philosopher, I aim to tackle these questions in an engaging way and hope to offer some semblance of an answer. I see too much focus on the simple, the superficial, and the irrelevant as though the shell of the egg were all that was needed for a meal. I hope to look deeper, and invite others to join me, as I explore the possibility that the problems we face on a societal level could be more easily answered when we look inwardly to ourselves for the seeds to those problems.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Of course this journey has not been easy. I have fought through depression, suicidal thoughts, betrayal from every family member and acquaintance (except one, Roxtedy), and homelessness. But even as I think about the hardest of times, I always remember that every day I wake up is a win, and this is how I overcome. I have learned that adhering to and walking in Truth, though difficult, has helped to shape my character, I have learned that function is not to be confused with purpose, and understanding that fact makes even the jobs you don’t want to do worth the sacrifice to get where you want to go. I have learned the importance of identity, and how without it one cannot truly find his purpose.
The greatest lesson I have learned is that Fear is our one most formidable enemy. It tells us that we have no identity, that we have no purpose, and that we are only the mask that we wear for the public. Fear holds us back from our challenges, keeps us from taking the crucial steps toward our goals, and blinds us to our own insufficiencies and strengths. Fear, wearing the mask of a friend, will never cease to be our enemy.
I discuss the topic of Fear in my book, The Struggle for Identity, of which I am quite proud. I discuss the importance of discovering, declaring, and stepping into our identity by coming to a fuller understanding of the impact of the sins of our fathers, our roles as fathers (and mothers), and our hopes as fathers who have confronted and embraced how we have been formed into the individuals that we are. My hope is that this book, and the ones I have planned in the future, will help us to solve the very problems we face today that we feel hinder our forward progress, both as individuals, and as a community.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t party, so I usually like to spend most of my relaxation time at my favorite cigar shop, Tobacco Habana (Westheimer at Hillcroft) where I my find myself in conversation with Professor Llizo (of HBU), or with King George (Houston’s foremost tobacconist), or simply writing while enjoying some of my favorite smokes. On some weekends, I may go to Paparruchos on Sage and Hidalgo for a bit of another favorite activity, karaoke. I enjoy singing some of my favorite rock and metal (sometimes country) pieces there.
However, whenever I can, I usually will find myself in need of some alone time in one of Houston’s most beautiful parks. I may go to George Bush Park off Westheimer and Highway 6, or to Terry Hershey park (spanning from Highway 6 to the Beltway between Briar Forest and Memorial). On occasion, I have gone to Memorial park, but mostly I like to go somewhere were I may be close to natural environments. These places help me to unwind and think a little more clearly about deep ideas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My only real gratitude can go to God for giving me the strength and wisdom to survive the fight just to exist. Unfortunately, I grew up in solitude and spent the first twenty-five years of my life in isolation. I have been on a path of self-discovery and understanding these past few years just since Hurricane Harvey. I truly have had no support, and in fact only known those who were more a danger to myself and others than they were any kind of help. This, whatever success I could claim, does not come with debts for the help or assistance of others outside of God. Though, truly, no man or woman in my immediate acquaintance could say, “If it weren’t for me, you’d be nothing,” it has been a very hard fight just to get where I am.
Other: You can find my book at https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Identity-Book-Foundations-ebook/dp/B08C29325W